120 Boko Haram Members Arrested, During The Burial Of Their Commander In Maiduguri—-Defence Spokesman
In what may look like more success, in the ongoing battle between the Nigerian military and Boko Haram sect, the Nigeria Defence Headquarters in Abuja Monday said that 120 Boko Haram members have been arrested in Maiduguri the Borno State Capital.
The Defence Headquarters made this known in a statement issued by its Director of Information, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade as he said; “In Maiduguri, about 120 terrorists were arrested as they organized burial of one of their commanders who died in an encounter with Special Forces the previous day. The arrested insurgents are in custody of the Joint Task Force where they are being interrogated.”
According to the spokesperson; “Special Forces have now secured the environs of New Marte, Hausari, Krenoa, Wulgo and Chikun Ngulalo after destroying all the terrorists camps sited in the vicinity of these localities. The troops are already interacting with locals and citizens assuring them of their safety and freedom from the activities of insurgents.”
Adding further he said; “Terrorists fleeing towards Chad and Niger Republic are being contained as they have had encounter with Multi-National Joint Task Force in various locations towards the border. Advancing troops also observed a few shallow graves believed to be those of hurriedly buried members of the terrorist groups.”
Speaking further in his statement, the Director of Information also said that; “Defence Headquarters has observed the use of photographs purportedly taken in the areas covered by the operations and wishes to state that the photographs are questionable as they do not reflect any related reality of the social or geographical environment. This also makes the story they claim to depict of Nigerians fleeing to Niger Republic and other countries doubtful. The media is advised to always strive to associate stories with accurate pictures in order to avoid misleading the public.”